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Big Four Poker Review
One DVD, 3 props, one self-working effect, $25 bucks and one Big Four Poker Review. Is it gem or is it rubble? Stay tuned to find out.
Big Four Poker Review: Effect
Four hands of poker are dealt out by the spectator as you explain a new four card game of poker where you always win. Not only do you win, but you've predicted the exact hand that you'll get.
Big Four Poker Review: Method
The entire effect is self-working. It relies on a stack and (if you'd like) a false shuffle/cut and a series of "mixes" (done by the spectator) that give the illusion of a crazily mixed up packet of cards without affecting the outcome. Not much else to say. You don't have to use the false shuffles, so if you don't feel comfortable with that, you can still do this. This is easily for any skill level. The most important skill you'll need to bring to the table is acting/presentational skill(s).
Due to the nature of the method, it's very easy to get into the stack from a shuffled deck, so you really can do it any time during your act. Further, the set of shuffles that the spectator performs make this extremely deceptive. For one, the cards appear to be genuinely mixed up. Secondly, the spectator does all the work, so you are totally hands off adding further to the apparent fairness.
Big Four Poker Review: Ad Copy Integrity
The ad copy is 100% solid as is expected from all BBM productions. Take a peek at it, and watch the video trailer. It is an exact representation of what happens.
Big Four Poker Review: Product Quality
If you've been following my reviews for any length of time, you know it's no secret that if I were a French Poodle and Owen Packard were an Italian Lizard I'd want him to raise my Polish Weasels. But for now, I'll just have to settle for watching BBM productions. Of course the DVD was well lit, well mic'd, well shot, well edited, etc. On top of that, Tom Dobrowolski did a great job explaining everything. It was a short and simple DVD with all the needed info covered quickly, yet in depth.
You're also supplied with two prop cards that have the instructions and revelation on them (see below). The cards are well made out of super sturdy plastic and will last a lifetime. It also comes with a cheap little "Cracker Jack" magnifying glass that is pretty much useless. If you're going to use a magnifying glass, you'll want to supply your own. However, I don't feel it's even needed for the routine.
Big Four Poker Review: Final Thoughts
If you like the routine in the trailer, you'll not be disappointed. You'll receive a prop that you can carry in your wallet and be ready to perform any time there's a deck of cards nearby. $25 bucks is a reasonable price to pay for the props, routine and shuffling procedure (done by the spectators).
4.5 Stars with a Stone Status of Gem.
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